After building buzz with recent releases ‘moshpit’ and ‘made for you,’ 20-year-old alt-pop artist renforshort unveils a new single and music video entitled ‘we’ll make this ok’ featuring Travis Barker. It heralds the arrival of her anxiously awaited debut album, dear amelia, on July 8.
On the track, Barker holds down the groove with an airtight beat punctuated by video game-style keyboards. Meanwhile, renforshort’s breathy delivery instantly transfixes as she muses, “You love the way I break your broken heart.” In the accompanying visual directed by Nikko LaMere in Los Angeles, she instantly transfixes as she addresses the camera in a series of high-fashion looks. Barker tears it up behind the kit as the words ‘we’ll make this ok’ flash across the screen in neon. It might just be her most elevated, entrancing, and engaging clip to date.
Serving as the follow-up to 2021’s acclaimed saint dominique EP, dear amelia finds renforshort joining forces with her longtime collaborator Jeff Hazin as well as producers/co-writers like David Pramik, Alexander 23, Andy Seltzer, John Ryan, Tia Scola, and Nick Long.
On dear amelia, renforshort narrates an up-close and thrillingly honest journey through the darkest parts of her psyche. A near-lifelong musician who plays guitar, piano, and drums and started touring before she’d graduated high school, the Toronto-bred artist builds an elaborate sonic world around her detailed exploration of mental health, ultimately bringing even the most painful revelations to strangely radiant life. Tackling raw accounts of depression and disassociation, anxiety and self-erasure. renforshort crystallized the concept for her full-length debut after creating its spellbinding final track, a vocoder-enhanced epic called “amelia.”
- i miss myself
- made for you
- hate the way you love me
- we’ll make this ok (feat. Travis Barker)
- I thot you were cool
- don’t come back
- let you down (feat. Jake Bugg)
- better off
- Julian, king of Manhattan
- not my friend